I don’t think there’s one actor in this movie that I don’t like. The Oranges is a romantic comedy about two families that are the best of friends, living down the block from each other in West Orange, NJ. Suburbia is their world. The Wallings’ patriarch is David, played by Hugh Laurie (House), married to Paige (Catherine Keener from Capote). The two Wallings children are Toby played by Adam Brody a.k.a. Seth Cohen from The O.C. and Vanessa, played by Alia Shawkat, another cult favorite actress known for her role as Maeby in Arrested Development. On the other side of the street we have the Ostroffs with Terry the father, by Oliver Platt (Love and Other Drugs, Big C), Carol the mother, played by Allison Janney (The West Wing, Juno, anything else on earth), and the troublemaker herself Nina played by Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong). So, dream indie film cast? Or is it just me? It’s important to know the two families when all the drama begins. Mr. Wallings starts a scandalous, that is for the ‘burbs, affair with Nina, his best friend’s daughter after she comes home after five years for Thanksgiving dinner. Seeing as these two families are so close, the affair situation does not play over well.
The trailer sells the movie well, for the heart-warming, funny, loving kind of audience. I’m looking forward to seeing it! I am sure it has its flaws, as many rom-coms do, but I am hoping this stellar cast will overcome the stereotypes.The film comes from British television director/producer Julian Farino; this will be Farino’s feature debut. This guy is behind some of HBO’s greatest projects, if you’ve never heard of him: Entourage, How to Make it in America (I might have been the only soul watching and loving this series).
The film made it’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall of 2011. The official trailer was just released and is already receiving positive reviews. Keep your eye out for this one.
Check out the trailer below:
Julian Farino’s feature debut The Oranges is a darkly comic portrait of two suburban families who live across from each other. David Walling (Hugh Laurie) and his wife Paige (Catherine Keener) are having marriage problems that finally blow up when he falls in love with Nina (Leighton Meester), the twenty-something daughter of his best friend Terry (Oliver Platt) who lives across the street with his wife Carol (Allison Janney). As this new relationship threatens to wreck marriages and friendships, the person who takes it the hardest is David and Paige’s daughter Vanessa (Alia Shawkat), who used to be best friends with Nina, but Nina dropped her once they got to high school. The Oranges played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.